It is my teaching philosophy that media theory allows us to understand the images and technologies we interact with every day and, in doing so, helps us be more critical, reflexive, and conscientious members of society.
Learning media studies prepares students to solve different types of problems in creative and socially engaged ways. Operating on this premise, I devise my courses so students develop both critical skills to analyze the media and technologies they interact with and creative practices to intervene in the world around them.
I have designed and taught courses on media theory, digital technologies, media criticism, media and identity, globalization, and Latin American / Latinx cultures. In these courses, I develop assignments and in-class activities that are interactive and eclectic in hopes that they will interrupt the expectations that students have about courses on cultural studies or media theory. I’ll collect and share these so they may serve as evolving, collaborative resources for other educators.